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What are Natural Mange Remedies?

Mange, caused by parasitic mites, causes itchy spots across a dog’s skin. Scabs can form from the dog scratching. Mange can be quite uncomfortable and potentially contagious to other animals in your home as well as, on occasion, to humans by way of itchy bumps. Your dog may lose hair, develop sensitive sores, and be in intense pain, causing anxiety and restlessness. Your veterinarian can advise on mange medications and ways to keep your other animals away from your dog until they are safe to be together again. If left untreated, mange can be life-threatening for your dog. Along with veterinary medications, there are several ways you can treat mange safely from home.

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Natural Mange Remedies Procedure in Dogs

There are a few possible home remedies for treating mange. From bathing to spot cleaning or food additives, mange might be handled at home, although if any of the remedies are not working, then seeing your veterinarian is best.  

Apple Cider Vinegar

An apple cider vinegar bath can help get rid of the mange mites. Mix ½ cup of apple cider vinegar with ½ cup of Borax and warm water. Be sure the Borax is fully dissolved before sponging the mixture on your dog’s skin and coat. Also make sure your dog does not lick the mixture, as ingesting Borax can be harmful. Use an Elizabethan collar if necessary. Apply mixture to your dog’s entire body and coat, avoiding the mouth and eyes. Then let the solution air dry without towel drying.

The same mixture in a spray bottle can be applied to smaller areas on your dog’s skin and fur without having to bathe the entire dog. This is perfect for small dogs or small affected areas.

Apple cider vinegar can also be added to your dog's food or water. Add a teaspoon for dogs under 30 pounds or a tablespoon for dogs over 30 pounds to their food bowl might help get rid of mange. Apple cider vinegar has both antiseptic and antibacterial properties which will help heal your dog as well and create a pH balance necessary for healing the skin.

Honey

Honey has incredible properties and can be used for many ailments for animals as well as humans. Its antiseptic and antioxidant properties will help heal the sore, tender skin while building immunities. Honey can also cleanse the skin of bacteria and the dirt and grime from mange. Apply honey directly to the sore spots on your dog’s skin for treatment. This is a messy treatment, but might help.  

Olive Oil

Applying olive oil directly to the affected areas can soothe the tender skin might help rid the area of the mange mites.

Hydrogen Peroxide and Borax  

 

Sponge bathing your dog with a Borax and hydrogen peroxide solution is a popular treatment for mange. Hydrogen peroxide and Borax together might help resolve the mange mites  and heal the skin sores.

Applying these treatments on a regular basis may help rid your dog of mange, and on a weekly basis could keep it from recurring.  If the problem is not improving, then seeing a veterinarian would be best, as there are very effective medications to help with this problem.  

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Efficacy of Natural Mange Remedies in Dogs

Dedication to treatment is essential when treating mange. It could take up to four weeks for mange to resolve and for the sore, tender skin to fully heal. It may take even longer for fur to grow back fully. If treated daily for a full month, these treatments may help if a dog is infested with mites. Some dogs are susceptible to mange based on genetics, and these dogs may need medical therapy.  

To gain the full effect of a natural mange remedy, be sure to treat the skin spots, ears, and nose daily along with bathing at least every week if not every few days.

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Natural Mange Remedies Recovery in Dogs

Your dog will need to be on a well-maintained diet to improve their immune system and fight infection from mange. While your dog is showing signs of mange, keep them away from other pets in the household. As you are treating mange and bathing your dog, be sure to launder the dog’s bedding as well. A Borax and apple cider vinegar laundering will keep your dog’s bedding clean and free of mange as your dog heals. If your dog has lost weight as a result of mange, be sure to watch them eat meals and ensure they are gaining weight back at a healthy rate. You may notice more energy from your dog as they begin to feel better.

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Cost of Natural Mange Remedies in Dogs

Treating mange from home isn’t costly. You could spend under $25 for a month’s supply of natural ingredients for a mange sponge bath. Upkeep with laundering bedding and weekly baths, shouldn't be more than $25 a month. If your veterinarian recommends antibiotics or a medicated shampoo, you may spend a bit more, but not much more than a routine trip to the vet and $50-100 on medication and shampoo. To keep that cost down you can opt for the antibiotic from your veterinarian if it is necessary and make the bathing solution at home.  Be sure to discuss this with your veterinarian, as they will be able to let you know if this at home treatment will be successful.  

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Dog Natural Mange Remedies Considerations

Mange is treatable, but it can also vary in degrees of comfort and pain. If a skin infection is present, see your veterinarian for advice and treatment. You may be able to treat mange at home with baths and natural food additives while still treating an infection medically. Keeping a close eye on your dog’s skin and reactions to these natural remedies gives you control over how often you need to treat and which remedy is working best for your dog’s condition.

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Natural Mange Remedies Prevention in Dogs

Keeping your dog clean and healthy is key to preventing mange. Hygiene for your dog’s skin and coat are essential to the overall health of your dog. You’ll need to keep your dog’s bedding clean as well. If you know of other dogs or pets who have mange, keep your dog away from them. Brushing your dog daily and a healthy diet can assist in keeping your dog mange free. If your dog is outside often or around other dogs at parks and such, be sure to follow up with baths and washing. Pay close attention to your dog’s coat and skin so you can tell if anything is awry.

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Written by a Pugs lover Grace Park

Veterinary reviewed by: Michele K.

Published: 06/01/2017, edited: 03/22/2021

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My dog has mange and I'm gonna try the olive oil home remedy how many times a day should I apply the olive oil?

Dec. 23, 2020

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Dr. Linda S. MVB MRCVS

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Olive oil is not an effective treatment for mange in afraid and will not work. If you are confirming are dealing with mange (if you have got a diagnosis from a skin scrape) it should be treated with e.g. a medicated bath or spot on prescribed by a vet. If not diagnosed, there could be something else going on such as atopic dermatitis or a flea allergy. I hope this helps!

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Excessive Itching, licking, biting. Losing fur on tail and around tail. From what I’ve researched I believe both of my dogs have scabies and so does my family now. We will all need to get treatment

Sept. 26, 2020

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Thank you for your question. I apologize for the delay, this venue is not set up for urgent emails. It would be best to have your pet seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine them, see what might be going on, and get treatment for them.

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Hair loss on tail/buttocks, excessively itching & biting. Pretty sure after research both my dogs have scabies and now the family does as well

Sept. 25, 2020

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Dr. Michele K. DVM

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Thank you for your question. I apologize for the delay in my reply, this venue is not set up for urgent emails. It would be best to have your pet seen by a veterinarian, as they can examine them, see what might be going on, and get any testing or treatment taken care of that might be needed.

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My dog has red spots all over his thighs & butts. He itches so much he has bald spots. He has like scars everywhere he bites. I’ve bought Nootie:Medicated dog shampoo & helps a little. I place 3% hydrogen peroxide & he reacts fine to it & that helps soothe but it comes back..

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Hello- The most common reason for itching on the thighs and lower back in dogs is due to fleas. Some dogs have flea allergy dermatitis where they are allergic to the fleas saliva and which causes extreme itchiness. Regardless I do think he needs to see a veterinarian as he likely has a secondary infection and will need some antibiotics. If he isn’t on an appropriate flea preventative such as Bravecto, Nexgard, Credelio or Simparica I would make sure to purchase some from your veterinarian. I hope he feels better soon.

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My Boston terrier has been increasingly edgy under his neck and his back hind legs and a little bit on his tummy. It's red and there's little bumps some of them look maybe like they have a scab maybe hes all up-to-date on his shots and has flee and tick meds. I got flea and tick shampoo and bathed him in it a week ago I don't know if I would say it seemed to help with the itching haven't seen any fleas or anything like that. No bites or anything on us. He seems to be the most itchy in the morning and at night

July 28, 2020

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Thank you for your question. Puppies can be itchy because of a number of things. They can have mites, a flea allergy, infections, or a bacterial infection. Since he does not seem to be getting better, and it is probably time for a preventive care vaccination appointment for him regardless, it would be best to discuss that with your veterinarian at his next appointment. They will be able to see if he has any mites or skin problems, and get him treatment. I hope all goes well with your puppy.

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I just got this puppy from a someone that a friend of mine got a sister of. She took hers to the vet and they informed her that the puppy has mange I can't afford to take my Hope to the vet. What can I do to treat her at home?

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i have a little apple head she has no fleese but she scraches all the tine and my other dog lickes her till her hear is gone i bath them at least one week with dawn soap and flee soap my son has what looks like flee bites on his leags but my dogs dont have fleese are the mites and how do i kill them

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She was missing for a week and now has developed a scab on the back and it looks like it may be leaking she itches a lot scratches a lot and she’s losing hair

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We have had my dog for a few years now and he always liked to run around the edge of our yard near the fence. Our neighbors would always spray weed killer in the lot next door but spray it through our fence. Our dog would go and eat the grass sometimes and I think it may have weakened his immune system a bit. He started chewing on his back and near his tail, as well as the skin there becoming red and scabbed over. We have tried hotspot medication and a cone to keep him from chewing. We can’t afford a vet bill at the moment but we are hoping to try some natural remedies until we can get him there. I’m concerned that it will get to be too bad if we don’t take him there soon.

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For my 5-year old Oreo who's been losing hair, at first I applied virgin coconut oil to his body since I can't afford a vet. He grew a bit of hair but I thought I needed to try other remedies so I researched and found out about the Borax solution. It seemed to work because he grew back more hair than when I was using the oil alone. I've been using it for 3 weeks for him. I followed the direction I found everywhere: Every other day on the 1st week, every 3 days on the 2nd, once a week on the 3rd and continue until the 6th week. And I have 2-month old Lobo who's on the 1st week of the treatment. I was happy with the results when I first applied it to Oreo but now the hair seems to stop growing and he now has scabs on his nape and right thigh. While in Lobo's case, he seems to have lost more hair than when I got him. Anyone here have any experience using Borax? Does it have any side effects. I'd like to know about it and others. Thanks.

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